The Concert Experience Is Once Again A Hot Topic (and that’s a good thing)

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The 2/21/2017 edition of the Wall Street Journal published an article by Terry Teachout (subscriber only) that examines some recent work by the California Symphony into attracting millennials. Specifically, the article touches on the orchestra’s efforts to identify reasons why new ticket buyers are discouraged from returning and, spoiler alert, they are mostly non-artistic. If all of this sounds a bit familiar, that’s because the California Symphony’s executive director, Aubrey Bergauer, …

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Nashville Symphony Increases Revenue By $1 Million

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The 12/15/2016 edition of the Nashville Scene published an article by John Pitcher. The article reports that per the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) most recent audit, the organization posted a modest surplus. That, in and of itself, wouldn’t be breaking news but when taken into context with the previous year’s $732,000 deficit, the organization managed to increase revenue by just over $1mm. If you recall, during the 2012/13 season, the organization …

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Nashville Settles Without A Work Stoppage

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On 8/28/2013, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) issued a joint statement with the Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257 announcing that the NSO’s musicians ratified a one year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The only detail known at this point in time is the agreement contains a 15 percent reduction in musician base pay. The cut adjusts that pay from $60,000 to $51,000 but it is unknown yet if there are any additional …

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It Looks Like Nashville Came To Its Senses

Statements from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) board and musicians indicate that both sides have reached a tentative agreement pending musician ratification. Since the musicians are still officially off for the summer, it is likely that they may wait until next week before conducting a ratification vote and if they have provisions for remote voting, that may add a few additional days to the process. But reports from individuals close to …

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More Unnecessary Shenanigans in Nashville

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The 8/1/2013 edition of the Nashville Scene published an article by John Pitcher that reveals additional nonsense in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations. Pitcher reports that there may be serious lack of communication between key members of the NSO leadership team and musicians appear to be responding in kind by leaking selective details from initial offers. On the employer side of the equation, Pitcher points out …

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